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Articles from the October 28, 2021 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    October 28, 2021

Small COVID outbreak in Wrangell; large numbers persist statewide

While Wrangell experienced a small outbreak of community-spread cases over the weekend, Alaska continues to lead the nation in new COVID-19 cases per capita. The state health department reported more than 2,400 new cases Friday through Monday,...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 28, 2021

Teacher makes no bones about showing science to fourth graders

Readin', writin' and skinnin'? What might raise eyebrows and turn stomachs in more metropolitan locations is just another day of teaching for Brian Merritt at Evergreen Elementary. For 30 of his 33 ye...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 28, 2021

Halloween decorations truly frightening experience in Wrangell

A shark thrashes its victim; legs poke out the end of rolled-up carpet; a skeleton rides a giant spider; a haunted house catches fire. Decorations are up around Wrangell to welcome the spookiest time...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 28, 2021

Next summer's cruise ships could be closer to pre-pandemic numbers

After no cruise ship visitors in 2020 and this year's pandemic-anemic numbers in the hundreds, Wrangell next year could see ships with berths for close to 20,000 passengers pull into town. In 2019,...

 

The Way We Were

Nov. 3, 1921 The City Library was formally opened Monday night at the City Hall by the Library Board and the Civic Club, the women’s organization which sponsored the library movement. A number of citizens attended the opening and inspected the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 28, 2021

Von Bargen proudest of hospital effort as manager

Lisa Von Bargen is leaving after a little more than four years as borough manager, but that will not stop her from thinking about Wrangell. For now, she needs to help take care of her mother in...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 28, 2021

Assembly approves resolution calling for protection of transboundary rivers

The borough assembly acknowledged the life-giving watershed that feeds the Stikine River, which crosses the U.S.-Canada border, in approving a resolution to support efforts to protect Southeast Alaska’s three transboundary waters from mining pollut...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 28, 2021

SEARHC reports 100% compliance with vaccination policy

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium reports 100% compliance with its policy requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and contractors. “Very few have left employment due to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine,” Maegan Bosak, a...

 

Library doesn't slow down as it celebrates 100 years

Wrangell’s public library is 100 years old this week and ready to turn the page for its next century. The library’s history includes several chapters, starting with 802 books on the shelves on opening night Oct. 31, 1921, about equal to the 821...

 

Tax Facebook, just like alcohol and tobacco

The nation responded to the harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption and instituted Prohibition in 1920. The idea was that people could not police themselves, the police could not protect people from the corruption and crime associated with...

 

Resilience Fair a success, thank you

A steady stream of families came through the door at the BRAVE Resilience Fair on Oct. 16 at the Nolan Center. At least 125 people attended, with many informative conversations about scores of resources available to assist a wide range of needs and...

 

Alaska can't live on oil revenues alone; we need an income tax

Alaskans have been talking about the need to diversity our economy for decades, but it is diversified. In the years after oil began flowing in 1977, the vast majority of Alaska’s economy remained tied to oil. But in the past 20 years, the gross dom...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 28, 2021

Mariners' Memorial holds fundraiser to complete work

A memorial dedicated to those who made their lives on the sea or perished at sea is in its final stages. The Wrangell Mariners' Memorial at Heritage Harbor is in a last push for funds, said board...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 28, 2021

Assembly takes no action on school request to waive COVID isolation of traveling students

The borough assembly on Tuesday discussed — but took no action — on Wrangell’s COVID-19 testing and isolation policy as it affects unvaccinated students who travel out of town for sports and activities. The school district had requested a...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 28, 2021

Medical loan closet moves around, but is always there

A medical equipment loan closet in Wrangell offers items free of charge for anyone who needs assistance on a short-term basis. Alice Rooney, a retired social worker, volunteers with Hospice of...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 28, 2021

Communities vary their spending of $10 million cruise line gift

The six Alaska communities that shared in a $10 million pandemic-relief gift from Norwegian Cruise Line have found various ways to spend the money — or save it for later. Seward committed much of its share to help provide child care services....

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 28, 2021

Wrangell submits wish list for Forest Service funding

A federal effort to help Southeast diversify its economy includes $25 million to be shared across the entire region — and Wrangell has weighed in with its requests. The U.S. Forest Service launched the Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy over...

 

Police report

Monday, Oct. 18 Subpoena service. Traffic stop: Verbal warning given. Tuesday, Oct. 19 Agency assist: Search and Rescue. Wednesday, Oct. 20 Agency assist: Ambulance. Traffic stop. Agency assist: State troopers. Traffic stop. Thursday, Oct. 21 Found...

 

Classified ads

JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for multiple positions. All positions are open until filled. Business manager: A 12-month position with benefits paid on the exempt employee salary schedule. Responsibilities...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    October 28, 2021

Volleyball team wins 5 out of 6 matches

The Wrangell High School volleyball team traveled to Metlakatla last weekend for six matches. They won all but one match during three days of play. In best-three-out-of-five match sets, the Lady Wolves played against Petersburg, Craig, Metlakatla, Ha...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 28, 2021

Wrangell sends two musicians to Honors Fest

Imagine performing in a band or choir but not being able to practice with the other performers on the stage. That's how students from Southeast high schools have to approach Honors Fest. Each year,...

 

Former Don Young campaign chair files against incumbent

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Seeking a 26th term in the U.S. House, Alaska Rep. Don Young will face a Republican challenger in 2022 with strong name recognition in the state. Nicholas Begich III has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to...

 

Judge denies release for Capitol rioter arrested in Alaska

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alabama man living in Alaska whom a judge alleged was “leading the charge” during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was denied release Oct. 21 in an Alaska courtroom while his case proceeds. Christian Matthew...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    October 28, 2021

Legislature nears end of inactive special session

The Alaska Legislature is in special session but it’s quiet at the Capitol, where many legislative offices have been dark, floor sessions in some cases have lasted seconds and little progress has been made toward resolving the state’s fiscal...

 

Judging next month in annual seafood competition

Pollock protein noodles, southern-style Alaska wild wings, candied salmon ice cream, fish oils for pets, fish and chips meal kits and finfish earrings are just a small sample of past winners of Alaska’s biggest seafood competition — the Alaska...

 

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